Q: In a nutshell, tell us what you do.
A: I’m the former EBONY magazine Beauty and Style Editor and now I am the editor of Beautifully Brown, a brand dedicated to telling the actual stories of women of color in regard to beauty. I also serve as a social media specialist for Strength of Nature and consult with smaller brands on product, brand and image development.
Q: Who inspired you to pursue your profession?
A: To be honest, I would have to say myself. I do think my late father always encouraged me to go after any dream I had, no matter what. But, I have always been my inspiration in regard to beauty because I always felt that there was very little to no beauty content that focused on darker women. Plus, a lot of what I read would bore me. So I decided to be a beauty writer.
Q: What is some advice you would tell other women aspiring in your field?
A: In regard to the beauty industry, I would say to many women is to understand what you actually want to contribute to the industry. It’s booming, but it’s also still exclusive in it’s own way. You will, as a woman of color, have to make your own path. But, I would also say to women who want to own beauty brands to get their image on point. No B.S. Pay for an amazing website, get sleek business headshots, business cards, etc. You would be surprised at the amount of women who have amazing products but a lazy brand image.
Q: Do you have a style muse? If so, who and why?
A: No not really. But, I love the energy from Amber Rose and Solange. They’re completely opposite, but they’re both very comfortable in their skin. I’m very sensual and I like to dress very sexy like Amber. But, I also love to be comfortable like Solange. It’s weird, but it works.
Q: What is your greatest strength?
A: I am a brand builder to the max. I can come up with ideas just like that. In regard to my personal life, I think I’m extremely introspective. I take a lot of time to look within, and I rarely listen to anyone else but myself; my intuition.
Q: How do you stay motivated?
A: Several ways. Sometimes, I just go home to Maryland and relax and gain my energy back. Other times I force myself to do the work. Other times I think of the big picture. I don’t have one way of staying motivated. I just depends on what’s draining me or causing me to feel unmotivated or lost.
Q: What's one thing that always make you feel beautiful?
A: Honestly, a good sweat session (like Vixen Workout), a new nail polish or just a night off with a facemask and wine and Netflix. I’ll also say a good love making session too. Good sex is good for the skin! [Laughs]